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Yarn Cards

Martha Stewart Living, January 2002

An event that comes but once a year deserves a special card. Match the singularity of a birthday or an anniversary with a homemade card "drawn" in yarn. Don't be shy about your artistic ability: You'll need to sketch only simple outlines -- the colors and the body of the fibers complete the picture -- so they are easy to make.

When designing cards, include only the details necessary to make the image recognizable. A cake, for example, requires only a few shallow curves, and a woolen spiral easily renders a flower. Make rough sketches on scratch paper first; lightly pencil a clean version onto a blank card or a piece of card stock folded in half. Trace the drawing with craft glue in a fine-tip dispenser. Carefully place yarn on the glue. Let dry, and then snip away excess.


Comments (4)

  • ManfaMae 19 Jun, 2008

    I have made these for Mother's Day and birthday cards. I wrote either the person's name in cursive writing using the glue and then added the yarn. Varigated yarn makes for a really nice effect. I've gotten high praise for my creativity when I've given these cards. People don't HAVE to know that "Martha taught me how to do it!" ;)

  • catzcoffeenminis 13 Apr, 2008

    OK, too many "good things" here... beside this project, my 4th Gr. kiddos are also going to create the "Custom Coasters." They've worked so hard this year; they deserve to have a little fun. Why not for Mom's day? ;)

  • catzcoffeenminis 13 Apr, 2008

    I can't wait to have my fourth graders create this for their Mothers' Day project!

  • tattoomichaela 25 Mar, 2008

    Beautiful, easy and personal card to give with all of those wonderful yarns you have left over!